If you're heading to Navy Pier this summer, your lunch and dinner options have just grown. Whether you are a fan of baseball or a fan of juicy burgers, Harry Caray's Tavern aims to please.
Located on the pier's west end, just across from the Chicago Children's Museum, the tavern is actually a really family-friendly restaurant. I'm sure summer weather will prompt families to wait for one of the many outdoor patio tables, but the interior rooms are quite spacious and comfortable. Plus, that's where you'll find the eatery's signature pictures and memorabilia. From the moment we walked in, my sons had a ball spotting and naming all the celebrities and local athletes they could find. Once we sat in our comfy booth, they were thrilled to find "Mr. Baseball" Ernie Bank's photo just overhead.
The menu is well priced, especially by Navy Pier standards. Burgers are $9-$15, depending on whether you want standard beef or, perhaps, bison. Tasty 10-inch pizzas make a great lunch or appetizer for around $10. Kids' meals are priced at $5.95 and my 8-year-old raved about the mini- cheeseburgers on brioche buns.
But really, it's the atmosphere that will draw us back to Harry Caray's, especially since we discovered the miniature sports museum on the way to the restrooms. We all "oohed" and "aahed" over the signed bats and baseballs. Ron Santo's All-Star ring can be found near Lee Smith's glove. We discovered jerseys and equipment from many of our favorite Chicago players, past and present. We even viewed the infamous "Bartman Ball" of Cubs shame.
Although we didn't spot any professional athletes during our lunch, our host assured us that the restaurant has several professional regulars, so keep your eyes open.
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
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